New Here

New here? Thinking about checking us out?

We understand the uncomfortable feeling of experiencing unfamiliar surroundings and new faces. We want you to feel at home with us. You will find that we aren’t perfect people but as we follow Jesus, he restores us. Please consider joining us on our journey of discovering the life Jesus intends for all of us to enjoy.

Here are the answers to a few questions you may have about the Bay City Wesleyan Church.

What should I wear?

We have a simple dress code – wear SOMETHING. We wear comfortable clothes ranging from jeans and T-shirts to suits and ties.

What can I expect if I attend?

An average Sunday morning celebration starts at 10:45 and lasts about 75 minutes. We participate in upbeat singing using a mixture of songs ranging from traditional to contemporary, as well as seasonal. We display the words on the screen at the front of the worship area. The Worship Team works with our pastor to guide our celebration. The team consists of singers and instrumentalists. In addition to the songs, there will be Bible readings and prayers.

Just before we start, our pastor will welcome everyone, point out upcoming events and introduce our Communication Cards.

We dismiss the children (grades K-4) to “Junior Church” after the music. There they receive an engaging, interactive Bible lesson tailor-made for them by caring, screened teachers.

After the children leave, our pastor will share a Bible-based message. Following this sermon, we turn in our Communication Cards along with an offering to cover church expenses and to help others. (If you are new here, you are not expected to give any money.)

At the end, Pastor Mark invites everyone to receive a prayer of blessing. He then dismisses us into our community with the words, “You may go in peace.”

What about the sermons or messages?

Our Pastor
Serving our congregation and community since September 1993

Pastor Mark Haines shares practical and relevant messages that are firmly grounded in the Bible. No nonsense knowledge and insights derived directly from Jesus’ teachings, mixed with a little humor, help us navigate our ever-changing world.

During his morning messages, you may take notes in the space provided in our weekly bulletin. You may also follow his message on YouVersion.

The YouVersion Bible App is a free application to install on your smartphone or another mobile device. Simply….

  • Go to the App store or Google Play Store
  • Search for YouVersion and download
  • Open the app and click on Event
  • Choose our Event to read the Bible passages, to take notes and more

If you need to access the internet, we post our Wi-Fi information on the screen and in the bulletin.

Do I have to sign something?

At the beginning of our celebration, the pastor will ask you to put only the information you feel comfortable sharing on the front of our Communication Card. So, if you are uncomfortable filling out the card, then don’t do it. We understand. But please believe us when we say we will not share your information with anyone. We will not overwhelm you with emails or drop by unannounced. These cards are simply one of the ways you can connect with us.

Please write your prayer requests and comments on the back of the card. You can do this anonymously if you desire.

When you turn in your Communication Card, you can help yourself to a gift at the “New Here” table located next to the coat racks.

What is The Wesleyan Church?

The Wesleyan Church is a Protestant denomination with a rich heritage. We teach that a victorious Christian life is possible for all believers through both forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence in our lives.

What do you believe?

We believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Jesus alone. We believe that those Jesus makes new  can only live as he did by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its adequacy to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.

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